The distraught parents of late model and businessman Ryan Channing have vowed to get to the bottom of his sudden death in Bali as they step out to hold a memorial dinner at a restaurant near where he died.
Channing, 32, the former lover of Olympic legend Ian Thorpe, died on Sunday evening while on vacation with his family on the tourist island.
Just hours before bravely joining her friends at a restaurant in Kuta on Wednesday night, her mother Joy Channing posted a moving tribute in which she vowed to “seek answers and come to terms with the heartbreaking loss”.
“Ryan lived his life to the fullest,” Ms Channing said. “Constantly surrounded by excitement and creativity, with an undeniable drive to seek perfection in everything.
“Being part of Ryan’s world and being swept up in his adventures and triumphs has been a privilege for all of us,” she said.
“We will need time to figure out how we will navigate the rest of our lives without his physical presence around us.”
The parents of Ryan Channing (centre) bravely joined some of his Balinese friends for a memorial dinner on Wednesday
Channing traveled to Bali two weeks ago and met his parents who were already on vacation there. His sister Charis was also there
Channing’s mother Joy said they were still trying to “search for answers and come to terms with the heartbreaking loss”. Pictured: Channing with his family
Ms Channing and her husband Steve were pictured at Mano Beach House surrounded by eight close friends for a dinner party in honor of their son.
‘#ryanchanningmemorial,’ a friend captioned the post.
Channing traveled to Bali two weeks ago and met his parents who were already on vacation there. His sister Charis was also present.
He often split his time between Bali, Australia and the United States for work purposes and recently adopted a dog overseas with his partner, Leevon Baptiste.
It is understood that Channing had a financial interest in the resort where he and his family stayed, the Tagoo Luxury Villas.
The villa manager helped plan Wednesday’s memorial dinner with his family.
Channing lived a jet-set lifestyle and “sought perfection” in all aspects of his life.
His family say Ryan’s “bright star cannot be extinguished by his sudden departure from our world” and hope he “will quietly share our adventures and triumphs forever”.
Channing (pictured) reportedly had a financial stake in Tagoo Luxury Villas in Bali and visited there frequently He Adopted This Puppy With His Girlfriend While On The Island
Ex-boyfriend Ian Thorpe told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday he wanted privacy and said he wanted the same for Channing’s family.
“My thoughts are with them and I hope their privacy will be respected. This is a difficult time.
Channing’s skincare company, The Blaq Group, released a statement Thursday confirming his death; noting that he had been battling health issues for months.
Barely eight weeks ago, he was in the hospital to fight the Covid-19.
“Covid made me GEWD (good),” he told his 21,000 followers at the time.
Channing was former Olympic swimming champion Thorpe’s first long-term boyfriend after coming out as gay.
Channing was former Olympic swimming champion Thorpe (pictured together)’s first long-term boyfriend after coming out as gay
The couple were in an on-again-off-again relationship for four years until they split for good in 2019.
Last July, Channing revealed he was filming a pilot for a new reality show on Netflix in Los Angeles called The Skintrepreneurs, which would follow his business ventures.
Before becoming a businessman, Channing traveled the world working as a model in New York, Paris and Milan before going to college to study business, marketing, intellectual property and international law.
He said his time in the modeling industry gave him insight into the beauty industry and what consumers want from a product.
Channing founded her skincare company in 2018, with the aim of providing gender-neutral products that are all Australian-made and natural.